I have, perhaps, made a very poor decision. If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen the link to said poor decision, but if not, let me inform you now. I have signed up to take part in NaNoWriMo 2016… Oops?
For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is an annual challenge to write 50,000 words in one month. There are a few other lose “rules” but that’s the gist of it. 1,667 words every day for the 30 days of November.
Now, that’s a big chunk of writing, but I’ve done it before. In November 2012, I wrote 51,046 words of a novel that is still very close to my heart. So, you may be thinking, attempting NaNo this year isn’t such an extreme or poor decision since I’ve tried and succeeded in the past. But you would be wrong.
Just before the beginning of this month, I decided it was time to take my writing seriously again. I pulled out that old novel from 2012 NaNo and began the process of revising. That revising has developed into basically a complete rewrite. I am now about 9,000 words into the, hopefully, 80,000 word rewrite and I’ve just signed up to write the second book in the series next month.
I make very poor decisions indeed.
I suppose we’ll see what happens? I’m going to continue with this rewrite throughout this month and, hopefully, by November I’ll have a pretty decent chunk of it done. Then I can work on the second book’s first draft in November, finish the first book’s second draft in the beginning of December, and then maybe I won’t wait another 4 years to revise/complete this year’s NaNo project. Maybe?
Have you ever participated in NaNoWriMo? If so, what’s your #1 NaNo tip?